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Monday, November 16, 2009


Thanks, once again, Susan at A Southern Daydreamer, for hosting Outdoor Wednesday. Be sure to take the time to visit all those who have posted outdoor photos and stories. There is so much to see!


Driving home from Mt. Dora, FL, my sister and I pulled over on the side of Lake Dora to watch this spectacular sky. There was a cold front coming in and storm clouds were beginning to make their presence known...
Notice the thunderhead building? By evening, we had our first rain from the incoming front.Interestingly, this front took its own sweet time to come through... And the threatening skies blew out without flooding us (the weather reports were incorrect...again!). The cooler breezes did come in and we pulled out our sweaters... Yippee!

Mt. Dora is the picturesque town on the shores of Lake Dora (part of the chain of lakes about which I have written previously written.) There are wonderful shops, B&Bs, and restaurants all over this little town. If you are a reader of my blog, you will remember this is where Julianne's Coastal Cottage is located...my sister's shop. Throughout the year, Mt. Dora hosts craft fairs, art fairs, and the Renninger's Antique Extravaganza. When these events take place, this sleepy little town swells with 250,000-300,000 visitors. It's worth the trip!!! Mt. Dora is only about 45 minutes from Orlando, and a wonderful stop when visiting Central Florida.

For those who are in the area, this is the weekend of Renninger's Antique Extravaganza.
If you go, please be sure to stop in town and visit Julianne's Coastal Cottage. (And for a great grilled cheese and bacon sandwich, stop by Chew Chew Express Sandwich Depot... the bread is incredible!)

34 comments:

mbkatc230 said...

These are gorgeous sky shots! I love the sky in Florida. The light there seems very pure and it makes for beautiful sunrise and sunset vistas. Happy Outdoor Wednesday! Kathy

Beach Vintage said...

Really nice moody shots. Love them.

Ebie said...

Gorgeous photos! Skies in Florida is always a beauty, with its soft colors!

Maya said...

I'm so happy to hear more about central Florida! I really want to see all the lakes.

luna miranda said...

it is indeed a spectacular view! i'm glad you stopped to enjoy this sunset.

Sonia said...

Oh that is a beautiful sky! I love the cloud formations and the way the sun is peaking through! Very striking! Miss Bloomers/Sonia

Jeanne Selep said...

Beautiful view!

Fifi Flowers said...

GORGEOUS photos!!!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Jane
Those are fabulous photos of the storm approaching and I'm glad you did not get flooded. We have been having unusually warm weather for November here in NY but I know it won't last much longer.
Mt. Dora sounds like a nice place to visit!
Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

Carolyn Ford said...

Very very lovely photos. My husband's aunt and uncle used to live in Mt. Dora...it's a beautiful and scenic part of Florida!

Light and Voices said...

Once a year, my husband and visit Mt. Dora and visit the shops. It is so scenic there and
g-r-e-a-t Christmas lights in the plaza. I think your sky photographs are excellent.
Joyce M

Joops said...

Great shots!

We drove around to see the nature's beauty last week, please come and see!

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Very nice shots you have here.

So very peaceful.

Stop by if you have a moment!

TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful scenery and pretty skies. I love the stormy looking clouds.

Southern Lady said...

Thank you for sharing those stormy skies with us, Jane. That was a nice way to start my day.

Best wishes to you and your family for the best Thanksgiving celebration ever.

Designs on 47th Street said...

Beautiful skies! Oh, how I love the sky with a storm brewing in the midwest and yours is equally as fabulous. God gave us so much beauty, didn't He? It must be fun to live in such a gorgeous area. I love the ocean.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I would love to see some of your floral work!
Donna

Rettabug said...

Darn....I always wanted to visit Dora when we lived in FL & now I'm really sorry I didn't get there! Your photos are wonderful.
We'll be coming down to Venice in Feb. so maybe I'll make it over there yet.
Did you see today's news about the Wal-Mart in Venice???!!! My sleepy little town! Yikes!

fondly,
Rettabug

Hootin' Anni said...

Picture perfect...it almost looks like the 'atom bomb'.

My Outdoor Wednesday is the continuation from last week's venture...today, what we bought.

The Peddler Show

Happy Wednesday wishes to you.

Ms. Bake-it said...

What beautiful pictures! I love Mt. Dora and miss my monthly visits there. Now that I work seven days a week, I never get the opportunity to visit. For now, I will have to live vicariously through your posts of Mt. Dora and those of my friend who lives there!

Thank you for sharing Mt. Dora and all it has to offer with us!

~ Tracy

Mary said...

Your photos are just gorgeous. I'm so glad you stopped to photograph the sky. Have a great Outdoor Wednesday.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Beautiful pictures. A grilled cheese with bacon sounds so good. Now I am hungry. :)

Quilt Works said...

What a beautiful photo - I love how the clounds have a lot of color, they are a perfect background to the gazebo!

Drawn to The Sea said...

ohhhh... I can hear the tree frogs...

LDH said...

Oh, the silhouette foreground with the beautiful sky is amazing! Love your pictures!

LV said...

That is a lovely area and you did very well on taking the great pictures. Enjoyed seeing this part of your world.

Gillian Lee said...

I'm from the midwest... don't get to see photos like this everyday. Thank you!

Teresa said...

Such an awesome sky!

Carly said...

Great shots, I love visiting Mt. Dora, very quaint little town.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

OH! See I said something about you on my blog...cuz I am passing along a blog hug (aka award) to you and your post here proves what I wrote about you :o)

Blessings & aloha!

(I have a blog hug (aka award) for you at my place. I cant wait til Thanksgiving...to see our kids and to catch up on blog reading!) I gotta get to bed! It took forever to write that post of mine!

Joyce said...

I need to look this town up the next time I am in the area. I enjoyed your previous post too. I would love to be sitting on the beach today:)
Joyce

Bill said...

Amazing shots, Jane! I'm glad you told us about Mt. Dora. It sounds like a great place to visit, especially during the arts/crafts fairs and the antiques extravaganza!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Bill

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Jane, what beautiful shots. So peaceful and serene. I can only imagine the feeling of peace you must have felt while taking them.
Thanks for swinging by the open house event. It was alot of fun, great turn out. I wish you could have been here as well. You truly enrich my life with your friendship. hugs ~lynne~

Wylie said...

I've enjoyed all the beautiful pics! Glad I found your blog. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
Joyfully,
Wylie

prashant said...

I would love to see some of your floral work!


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